England international Richards has grown increasingly frustrated with life at the Etihad Stadium and has informed City that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season, according to the Guardian.
The 25-year-old has reportedly turned down a new contract offer and pay rise from the Citizens, and is keen to rebuild his stagnated career with another English club.
It’s believed Arsenal regard Richards as a potential candidate to replace Sagna who, incidentally, has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City in recent weeks. The 31-year-old Frenchman is currently locked in a contract dispute with the Gunners because of the club’s policy of only offering one-year extensions to players over the age of 30.
However, Arsenal may now be more willing to let Sagna leave the Emirates Stadium knowing Richards will be available to sign in the summer. Manchester City will demand around £7m for the right-back, who will still have one year left on his current deal at the end of the campaign.
Richards was regarded as the country’s most promising right-back when he became the youngest-ever England international in November 2006. However, the powerful defender has only made a handful of Premier League appearances over the past couple of seasons after failing out of favour with former City boss Roberto Mancini.
The Italian’s successor Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, has stuck with Argentina international Pablo Zabaleta as his first-choice right-back throughout his debut campaign in charge of the 2012 Premier League champions.
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